Can you mix gel brands?

What happens when you mix and use different brands of gel polish together?
Probably one of the most common question asked by nail techs.

Different brands of gel polishes can be used together and your nails will still look good. For example, you can use a Premier Gel Base Coat with an OPI Colored Gel Polish.

But for longer lasting and more durable nails I would recommend sticking within one system or with one brand of gel polish.

So if you use an Premier Gel Polish you should use an Premier Gel Top and Base Coat so that your manicure would last longer.

Here are some reason why you shouldn’t mix different brands of Gel Polishes for a manicure.

*Every brand would make their polishes to work effectively with their own products.

You see these brands tend to use a similar formula for each of their polishes and products. This allows their base coat and top coat to bond amazingly well with their colored gel polishes. And a stronger bond allows your manicure to be more durable and last longer.

*Most companies would do vigorously testing to ensure that their gel polishes make manicures that are of high quality. And when they do test their polishes they only use their own products.

So if you mix and match you are taking a bit of risk since there is no guarantee that your manicure would be as durable or long-lasting.

That’s why for most of my gel manicures I would stick within a specific brand.

*Also, it’s important to note that different brands of gel polishes would have different curing times. And if your polishes aren’t cured properly they would be prone to chipping and peeling.

So if you do use different brands you should read the instructions on how to apply for each brand since they won’t be the same.
I would also recommend looking for products that were designed to work with multiple brands of products.

Excited times ahead.

Tomorrow shops will open there doors for the first time this year, fingerscrossed they can stay open this time.

Some of you might have noticed I have recently opened an online shop for beauty items. http://beauty.alexandrafindlay.com

I am offering Classic Lash extentions for £10 till further notice, so get booked in now! Can’t wait to see you lovely lot.

Back to Work!

I’m so happy to be going to back to mobile beauty therapy in April. I have been getting ready by making sure all my products are in stock and my tools have been sterilised and everything ready for week commencing April 12th.

I will finally be able to get my hands on some lashes to show my new skill in Classic Lash Extentions which I have learnt during lockdown. And if you have seen my Live of facebook about Microblading you will know my sadness over not being able to offer this treatment due to me being mobile. For hygiene reasons, due to the nature of the treatment (blade piercing the skin) the council only give personal licences to people who have a salon space as this can be checked by them, whereas they cant go to every clients home to check before a treatment.

So looking at my forward goal for Beauty by Alexandra I am aiming to eventually have a summer house in my garden to be able to have my clients come to me. I will still offer mobile treatments for exceptable circumstances. The dream would be to have my own little salon somewhere but lets not get ahead of ourselves!

Do not pick!

If you’ve ever had acrylics or gels done I’m sure you all have been sitting their watching TV one night contemplating your next move, and before you know it, you’ve become possessed and you just can’ stop.
Then you look at the result and your nails are ruined. But, perhaps if you knew the damage you were really causing you’d be more inclined to resist.

What are the signs that they need removing?
While gels and acrylics undoubtedly have a much longer lifespan than your standard mani, that’s not to say they are totally indestructible. Besides the obvious issue of grow-out, gels do eventually start to show signs of wear and tear, usually after a couple of weeks.
The first signs that they might need removing come in the form of lifting, chipping or regrowth. Everyone’s nails are different so, to prevent any of this happening, I advise reapplication after 2-3 weeks.

NAILS

Remove your gel/acrylic nails at home without scuffing up your nails. What should you do when your manicure starts to lift?
This is where temptation really kicks in. Over time, the bond between your nail and the polish starts to break down, causing the gel/acrylic to lift away.  To help delay and prevent lifting you should keep them oiled daily and this will prevent the nails drying out and lifting away from the gel/acrylic too.

But what about when it inevitably does begin to lift? We hate to say, but you really do need to think about reapplying them, or else removing them entirely.

What happens if you can’t resist the peel?
If you’re the impatient type, it can be all too tempting to peel off the entire gel as soon as it starts to lift. Peeling off your acrylics or gels might feel good at the time, but as you peel it’s important to remember that you’re not just removing the acrylic/gel, you’re actually removing a layer of your nail. Naturally, this will weaken the nail and is generally where any gel-inflicted damage to the nails comes from – bad removal! And we’re afraid the news worsens. Once you have committed the ultimate mani crime, there’s little you can do to repair the damage. Your nails don’t repair themselves.  Eventually the damage will grow out but this can take up to 6 months.

How should gels and acrylics be removed?
Gel removal video below.
https://youtu.be/A52ltvsDkoE

Acrylic removal video below.
https://youtu.be/ta9PZrqPMTE

For gels you can also buy some gel removal polish which is super easy to use.

You simply file the tops of the gel to break the seal, apply the remover and wait 5 Minutes then using an orange stick you push the product off.

Gels vs Acrylics

Many people love traditional nail polish because it can easily be applied at home, without any extra equipment. It is easy to apply and remove, so you can change the color as often as you’d like. However, there is one major drawback, it’s easy to chip and damage.

Now here is the question gels or acrylics for long lasting nails?

Gel Nails

Let me tell you about gels first. Gel nails is a three-step process, which consists of brushing a base coat, colour polish, and top coat over your natural nails. With each coat, the nail is placed under a UV/LED light for somewhere between 30 seconds and two minutes to cure. Once cured, the layer of gel polish hardens and won’t smudge like a regular nail polish.

Once complete, gel nails will usually last for around 14 days without chipping. Toward the end of this period, gel nails may start to peel or lift at the corners.

When you’re ready to remove gels all you need to do is soak them off, and you’re good to go. You will need cotton ball soaked in acetone which is placed over the nail, then each nail is wrapped in aluminum foil. After around 10 minutes, the gel polish is easily able to be removed. While gel nails can be prone to peeling, they are known to be more flexible than acrylic nails and won’t damage your natural nails.

Acrylic Nails

Moving onto acrylics! Acrylic nails are made of a combination of liquid (monomer) and powder (polymer) that’s laid over your natural nail with a brush. Once the mixture is applied, your nails are filed and shaped to create the look of natural nails. After your acrylic nails are shaped, each nail is painted with Gels or nail polish.

Acrylic nails provide a hard, protective layer to the natural nailsmaking them durable, you don’t have to worry about your nails cracking, breaking, or lifting while you have the acrylics. However, acrylic nails tend to look less natural than gel nails. These nails are also challenging to remove without damaging your nail bed. To keep your acrylic set intact, you’ll have to refill your nails every few weeks. And once you remove acrylic nails, you’ll have to wait for the damaged nails to grow out to get your nails back in shape. Typically, acrylic nails are removed in salon.

Best nail style for you?

The answer to this question really is down to your own personal preference. If you love natural-looking nails, gel nails are a great choice. They’re also a great pick to help prevent your nails from getting damaged. On the other hand, if you’re trying to avoid cracking or peeling nail polish, and like me cant grow my natural nails acrylic nails will suit your needs.

My favourite products 2020

Top of my list has to be The Ordinary Hydraulic Acid. It’s one product I have only started using last year but I could quiet believe the results I was getting from using it once a day.
My skin was so hydrated from using this product and it’s such a good price at only £5.90  Www.theordinary.deciem.com


Another product which I have only just started using was the Camomile cleanser from Body Shop.
Honestly feels like heaven. So soft and u don’t need to use alot of it of it as it goes so far.
Join my friends page for more information about it and other Body Shop product.   Natural Beauty Box by Laura


This one now is my absolutely only go to hair conditioner.
Elvive Long hair detangler which you can pick up every now and again half price at Tesco. It seems to be a regular repeat offer they do.

My hair gets so knotty and I can put this conditioner in my hair and after a few minutes the knots litually fall out so easily using my fingers to brush throw my hair.   Boots.co.uk


An all time body & hair oil I love is Frangipani Oil by Elemis. I always wait till they do their Christmas boxes as one of the boxes always have the oil in it along with some other fab bits to try.   Elemis.co.uk

My Story

Hey guys I thought I would start a little blog on my website due to Lockdown Boredom.

I best start at the begining of my beauty venture, I trained in Beauty Therapy Level 2 & 3 back in 2004 – 2006 and have worked in Salons and spas as well as dabbling in and out of mobile therapy.

Along the way I have been lucky enough to have had training with many brands one of my favourites being Elemis as their treatments and products are amazing.

I am quite artistic and have quite good patience so I do enjoy doing nails and lashes etc. So these are the treatments I have decided to offer going forward as a Mobile Therapist.

Me and my husband had our first child in 2015 and second in 2017 and now we have settled in the lovely area of Locks Heath I decided to go mobile in September 2020. Haha I know what a year to start a beauty business!

Covid has been a horrible time for everyone. But I felt if I can make it work in these times I can make it work even more after. Failing that I still have my night job at Tesco.

Please join my social sites to keep update with me.